In an ongoing effort to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and help the country move forward from the pandemic, CVS Health today announced that it will begin vaccinating eligible populations on Wednesday, April 14 at 14 select CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa.
The new CVS Pharmacy locations add to stores already administering the vaccine and continue the company's retail vaccination efforts in the state that began in February.
For the select retail locations that will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on April 14, appointments will start to become available for booking on Tuesday, April 13, as stores receive shipments of vaccine. Vaccines at participating CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa will be administered to individuals meeting state criteria, as well as K-12 teachers and staff and childcare workers.
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
"We're proud to play a part in increasing access to the vaccine to as many people as possible to enable reopening efforts in the communities we serve," said Neela Montgomery, president of CVS Pharmacy and executive vice president, CVS Health. "Feedback on every aspect of the vaccination process has been incredibly positive, from the digital experience to interacting with our team of health care professionals whose incredible efforts are helping to move us one step closer towards a healthier post-COVID world."
There is no cost for the vaccine to patients with insurance or through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration program for uninsured patients.
The new CVS Pharmacy locations are in the following Iowa communities: Altoona, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Marion, Waterloo, and West Des Moines.
As of April 14, subject to supply, CVS Health will be administering vaccines at over 6,000 CVS Pharmacy stores across 49 states, Puerto Rico, and Wash., D.C., with 70% of the U.S. population within 5 miles of these locations. The pace of vaccinations is expected to accelerate as more supply becomes available through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and as the CDC's new vaccine eligibility plan is implemented, which will guarantee all U.S. adults to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning on April 19. CVS Pharmacy said it has the capacity to administer up to 25 million shots per month.